Psalm 23: 1 (TPT) The Good Shepherd
David’s poetic praise to God
The Lord is my best Friend and my Shepherd.
I always have more than enough.
Pause in his presence
Lenten Reflection: The word most commonly used for “shepherd” is taken from the root word ra‘ah, which is also the Hebrew word for “best Friend.” This biblical translation includes both meanings. In our passage today, David praises the Lord in a beautiful and adoring way. We can learn a great deal from David in how he views his Friend who always provides “more than enough.” The Lord is the Good Shepherd—our Good Friend—so let’s follow him.
Someone near you, today, may need a friend. Perhaps they are frightened by the status of our country or the spread of the virus and you can be the friend who brings hope by turning them toward the Lord. Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me” (John 10:27-28). Your Friend, Jesus, makes that promise to not only you, but anyone who calls upon his name. Share with others the name of your “best Friend.”
Prayer: Lord, I have more than enough and I know you have provided for me. How beautiful is your supply, because you not only take care of me, but you enable me to be generous with others and encourage them to enjoy a friendship with you, as well. In Jesus’ name. Amen.